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Policy Update

State Policy Update

HOL Executive Director Presents to House Committee

On Tuesday, January 25th, Heart of the Lakes’ Executive Director Rachel Kuntzsch presented an overview of the work of Heart of the Lakes and its member land conservancies to the Michigan House of Representative’s Natural Resources, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee. Spokespeople from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan United Conservation Clubs also presented. We look forward to working with these partners and the committee during the new legislative session. Committee meeting schedule can be found here.

Michigan Senate and House Pick Committees

Last month, we reported that Senator Joe Hune (R-Fowlerville) will chair the Senate Agriculture Committee and Senator-elect Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) will chair the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee. For a full list of Senate committee members, click here:

Michigan House of Representatives leadership picked Kevin Daley (R-Lum) to chair the House Agriculture Committee and Frank Foster (R- Pellston) to chair the House Natural Resources, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee. For a full list of House committee members, click here:

Heart of the Lakes staff will be meeting with many of these committee members over the next few months to introduce them to Heart of the Lakes’ Policy Agenda and the work of land conservancies.

Federal Policy Upate

Farm and Ranchland Protection Program Rules Finalized   

Rules for the Federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP), which provides matching funds for land trusts and government entities to acquire conservation easements on farmland, have been finalized. Funding for the program, which was $150 million in FY 2010, is set to increase to $200 million in FY 2011.

Comments on the program’s certification program only will be taken until February 23, 2011. Heart of the Lakes will be working with its members and the Land Trust Alliance to provide comments on the certification. For those who wish to comment directly, go to to reference the rules and instructions for providing comments.

Member News

Member News

Funding Opportunity - Coastal and Estuarine Land Acquisition

The Michigan Coastal Management Program (MCMP) within the Office of the Great Lakes (OGL), Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE), is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for coastal land acquisition projects (fee simple interest or conservation easement) that further the objectives of Michigan’s Draft Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program. Learn More

New Fund to Protect Michigan Farms

Thanks to the generosity and legacy of Owen and Ellen Love, a new revolving loan fund has been established by the American Farmland Trust to assist in the permanent protection of farmland in the state of Michigan. The fund will be made available to local units of government and to land conservancies. Read More

Project Highlights

Waterfront Projects Protect Special Places

Lightfoot Bay Coastal Wetlands Preserve 

In December, the Keweenaw Land Trust added 26.5 acres of forested dunes and swales to the Lightfoot Bay Coastal Wetlands Preserve in Baraga County with a purchase made possible by gifts from the J.A. Woollam Foundation and the Copper Country chapters of Audubon and Trout Unlimited. The Preserve sits on the east side of Lake Superior’s Huron Bay, and the new addition is “an enchanted place” according to the Land Trust. View photos and learn more
Hubert Family Property

Over six decades ago, Fred Hubert and Rosalie Miller’s parents settled their family along the banks of the Pine River in Midland County. Today, they have donated a conservation easement to The Little Forks Conservancy to protect 40 acres along that river forever. Learn More

Events and Training

Heart of the Lakes
Michigan Land Conservancy Day
Join us March 2, 2011 for Michigan Land Conservancy Day, an opportunity for land conservancy staff and board members to discuss land conservation issues and the work land conservancies do with their state senators and representatives.

March to One Million: Heart of the Lakes' Sixth Annual Summit
Early registration ends February 20th for the March 3, 2011 Annual Summit to be held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing. Click here for the full agenda and join us March 3 for the premier gathering of Michigan’s land conservancies and their conservation partners!

Advancing Conservancy Excellence

Executive Directors Peer Gathering 
Featuring Keith Ross, LandVest Senior Advisor, and Helen Taylor, State Director, The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
Thursday, February 3, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, no cost
NEW Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Registration Required
Ask An Attorney
Annual Round up of land protection stories and news from year-end projects. Friday, February 11, 2011, 10 am to 11 am, no cost
Led by Ellen Fred
Ask An Expert
It Takes a Year for a Strong Year-End Appeal: Tips and Pointers to Making This a Great Year
Friday, March 8, 2011, 10 am to 11 am, no cost
Led by Judy Anderson, Principal, Community Consultants
Watch for details
Land Trust Alliance On-Line Trainings
January 27, 2011: 2:00 pm Eastern, $55
February 9, 2011: 2:00 pm Eastern, $55
February 15, 2011: 2:00 pm Eastern, free
February 17, 2011: 2:00 pm Eastern, free
February 23, 2011: 2:00 pm Eastern, $55
Michigan Recreation and Park Association
February 8, 2011
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Traverse City, MI
The Stewardship Network
Topic To Be Announced
Wednesday, February 9, 11:45 to 1 pm, no cost
Institute for Conservation Leadership
March 3, 2011 – April 15, 2011, $685 (discount for LTA members)
Seven week, five session, distance learning webinar series with personalized consulting to achieve online fundraising goals
Other Training Opportunities

For other organizational training opportunities throughout the state, check out the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Statewide Training Calendar:
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